Formed around a shared identity, passion, or purpose, Affinity Groups are one of the opportunities for small group connection at UUCE. They provide a space to make new friends, deepen connections, learn & grow, and uphold our values. Our current groups are listed alphabetically below. Each year, groups complete a charter in the fall, and submit an annual report in the spring. To start a new group, click the blue button below.

Want to start a group?

All-Comers Craft Circle

This group meets on 4th Tuesdays, from 6:00-8:30pm on Zoom.

We are meeting virtually during the pandemic, and crafting in our homes while creating and learning together. 

No need to pre-register or commit to coming regularly – just show up with your craft! Friends and Family from outside the church are welcome and encouraged to come as well.  

Newcomers Welcome. Since 2006 we’ve met every Tuesday morning to look at and learn about birds, followed by breakfast and conversation at a local eatery.

*During the pandemic, we are not gathering in person. We are still in contact with one another via the Birders CommUUnity Email Group, email tech@uueugene.org with your request to get connected*

Click the image to the right to learn more. Contact Mike Berg with questions, forthebirds@uueugene.org.

Western Meadowlark—The Oregon State Bird
Western Meadowlark, Oregon State Bird
Each Men's Group meets twice monthly for about 2 hours, from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

Three men’s groups meet at UUCE.  Our men’s groups are open to all who identify as men, inclusive of trans and gender non-conforming men. You are welcome to be part of open discussions on topics that change each week. Click the image to learn more. 

The Tuesday group is coordinated by Emmet Band, the Wednesday group is coordinated by William Wise, and the Thursday group is coordinated by Steve Kuzma. They can be contacted at: men@uueugene.org.

We are members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene who meet monthly to encourage each other in writing poetry. We do so through supportive suggestions, discussion, and sharing ideas and resources. 

View more details here.

Sister Circles are ongoing, self-run groups open to all church members and friends who self-identify as women. Groups can form around ritual, friendship, study or discussion preferences, walking, volunteer activities, etc.

View more details here.

Group Charters

If you’d like to start a new group, gather together and fill out the UUCE Group Charter. Need help? Contact your Lay Ministry Lead, Rev. Jen Younsun Ryu, or Treasurer, Susan Oldland.

The purpose of the Charter is to encourage group identity and autonomy while promoting right relations across all groups and individuals within our beloved community, celebrating our larger congregational covenant while supporting activities and allocating resources when approved by the Board of Trustees. 

When your Charter is complete, send it to Board Secretary, Katy Colburn.